PhD in Social Sciences, Germany

Deadline: 16 February 2011
Open to: MA holders in Social Sciences (Sociology, Political Science, International Studies)
Fellowship: up to 1200€/month

The Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) seeks international applicants interested in completing a doctoral degree at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Outstanding academic records, first research experience and a strong dedication to becoming a researcher in the Social Sciences are expected.

Research proposals should relate to the comparative analysis of the following research areas and topics. A combination of the following areas and topics is welcome:

* social inequality and well-being
* social protest and social conflict
* migration and cultural diversity
* the clash and the management of collective identities

* performance of mature and young democracies
* processes of democratization, and the resilience of autocracy
* multilevel and multinational policy
* political institutions, political conflict, and the welfare state

* scientific knowledge in processes of policy-making
* the impact of science and religion on processes of inclusion and democratization
* communicating knowledge in public spheres
* the governance of science


* M.A. degree or equivalent (Magister, Diplom) in Social Sciences (Sociology, Political Science, International Studies)
* English language proficiency at C1-level or equivalent


Doctoral researchers are awarded scholarships of up to 1200€/month for a maximum of 36 months, contingent on the successful completion of each year. Applicants with alternative funding are welcome; we provide incentives for applications for external funding.

Application Process

Application Deadline: February 16

Application Documents
The application is to be submitted via the online application platform. The following documents are compulsory and need to be uploaded (PDF or JPEG file format only):

* Statement of purpose (500 words maximum)
* Curriculum Vitae
* Certificate of English Language Ability (TOEFL, IELTS, C-level etc.)
* Exposé of your doctoral project (5-10 pages)
* Copies of degrees and certificates (official transcripts, diplomas, including translations into German or English, if necessary)
* Two letters of recommendation sent directly to the BGSS

For further questions please contact: [email protected]


Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Unter den Linden 6
D-10099 Berlin

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